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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume 2016, Article ID 6985917, 2 pages
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Vena Cava Superior Syndrome Related to Right Heart Invasion of an Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma

1Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Leuven, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
2Department of Cardiology, University Hospitals Leuven, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Received 20 November 2015; Accepted 11 December 2015

Copyright © 2016 Geert Maleux et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A rare case of hepatocellular tumor extension in the right heart was reported. The patient presented with clinical signs of a vena cava superior syndrome. Computed tomography and transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated a large tumoral mass lesion extending from the left liver lobe into the inferior vena cava right atrium and right ventricle. The patient was treated with best supportive care.